Building Belonging

Contact Information:

Allison Besel, Building Belonging Coordinator

Jasmine Cowley, Building Belonging Coodinator


Are you or someone you know between 6-12 years old? Live in the Spence area? Want to have fun, meet friends and get to know your community? Join Building Belonging! Building Belonging is an initiative of the Spence Neighbourhood Association designed as an after school program for children 6-12.

We are dedicated to providing children in the Spence neighbourhood with a sense of ownership and belonging in our diverse and vibrant community. By fostering creativity, sharing our cultures, taking part in local events, planting vegetables, or just playing together outside, we encourage kids to get involved!

We strive to provide access to recreation and healthy options for food. We feed nutritious meals to up to 30 children a day. Kids cook once a week to learn easy ways to make inexpensive snacks and meals, while maintaining a balanced diet and healthy eating habits. Our SNA Kids Garden provides fresh veggies and fruit in the summer and teaches kids how their food is grown while we learn about the environment. We go swimming at local pools, try new sports such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and gymnastics and provide skates, skateboards, helmets and sleds so that every child can play.

We ask all participants, volunteers and staff members to be respectful, safe, engaged and accountable in our program.

Building Belonging 2023-2024 School Year Program for children ages 6-12 runs Monday to Friday 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside St.) with a daily meal, structured activities and pick up from home available starting September 12th, 2022. Registration forms are available at the M.E.R.C (430 Langside St.)

or from this link :  BB Summer 2024 Registration Form

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Registration can either be scanned and emailed to one of the programmers or dropped off at 430 Langside.

Every weekday we offer:
* A healthy meal
* Safe Walk from Sister Mac & JMK schools
* Homework Club
* Computers
* Volunteer Opportunities
* A safe place to have fun with our staff!

What Do We Do?
* Swimming
* Festival du Voyageur
* Cooking
* Wheelies Roller Rink
* Art Stars
* Claymation
* Millennium Library
* Floor Hockey Intramurals
* Fringe Festival
* Outdoor sports and games
* Museums
* Girls Club
* Kidsfest
* Skating & Sledding
* Hip-Hop Dancing
* Bowling
* Fun Mountain
* And much, much more!



Strong connections within the community help us deliver the best opportunities for our kids!

  • The City of Winnipeg provides staff support, access to supplies, special events and programming, and a home for Building Belonging.
  • The University of Winnipeg and the Wii Chiiwaakanak Centre provide access to recreation programs and the Axworthy Health and RecPlex and weekly Science Explorer and Code Club workshops together with Kids Code Jeunesse.
  • Art City Outreach, The West End Cultural Centre, The Manitoba Museum, Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Freeze Frame and other arts and cultural organizations expose our kids to new ideas and ways to express themselves.
  • Volunteers and practicum students and youth workers share their time and talents in our program from Red River Community College, SOAR Heartland, the Elmwood Youth Employment Experience and YMCA-YWCA’s Summer Work Student Exchange

For more information, please connect with our Building Belonging Coordinator:

Allison Besel | 204-783-5000

Jasmine Cowley |

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Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (M.E.R.C.) – 430 Langside Street – Winnipeg, MB – R3B 2T5

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